Sand Springs Child Gets Off At Wrong Bus Stop During Storm

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Kaleb Nichols, 5, got off at the wrong bus stop in Sand Springs. "He was just soaking wet from the pouring rain that we got yesterday, and the flooding, and it was just a mother's worst nightmare.
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wandadavis wrote:
when my grandchildren were riding the bus at Prue schools they had a tag they wore on thier wrist that let them know which bus to take, maybe something like that could be done for the young children except put their stop on the tag...just a thought
This child had a tag on with his name address & bus stop location.......it was apparently not checked.
The child got off where the driver dropped him off, it was pouring rain, this distorts faces, vehicls, street signs etc, the child was unable to determine his exact ocation.
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Really--it's the bus drivers fault her son made a mistake?
It's a mistake.......and her son is responsible. If he's not mature enough to get off at the right place, maybe she should be RESPONSIBLE and make a different way for him to get home. That is a parents responsibility.
It's going to be someone else's fault for this mom all his life, I guess.
agreed. unfortunate that it happened; and oh by the way, any of you judging the bus driver -- were any of you out there in that rain. They are darn lucky the bus didn't have an accident. to the mother --- your child obviously is not mature enough to ride the bus (or maybe the poor kid was terrified by the storm as well)- whatever, if not mature, pull him out for a year. If scared - then reassure but leave your obvious thoughts of making this a "INCIDENT" out of this. You, mother, are not owed ANYTHING....
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Give me a break how can any reasonable person think that this is the bus drivers fault. This lady is out of her mind and probably should be checked out some where.

For those of you who want an extra person on the bus to monitor the students, how about you kicking in some money to help pay for that extra person riding that bus.

All of the parents wants to hold some one else responsible for their child. REMEMBER this is your child not theirs and you are responsible. Grow up

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Sand Springs Mom wrote:
"She couldn't find him for an hour, did she call authorities? Did she get in her car and drive the neighborhood or find out the bus route to back track?"
This is an excellent point. From what I've heard the child was let out 2 blocks from his home. How hard could he have been to locate?
It's obvious to me that this woman is sniffing around for a lawsuit. Dollars to donuts we're going to hear that the family is trying to sue the school district.
It was unfortunate that the child was let off the bus a block early. It was unfortunate that he got wet and was scared. It was a mistake, plain and simple. Get over it already.
The child was found 5 blocks from his house in the pouring rain.
No one has mentioned lawsuit.
She called, drove around & called over & over again.
The school system in it's entireity is responsible for this child during this time frame, including making sure he/she arrives at their "correct destination".....if the bus driver is unable to preform his/her duties & responsibilities they were hired for, then they need to hire another driver or see about getting an assiatant or volunteer to ride with them until they know the routes, stops, kids names & faces. These children are our precious future, shouldn't we do everything we can to take care of them the right way?
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**** happens. this was obviously an honest mistake. this woman needs to get a grip on life.
It's pretty obvious you DON'T have kids. Unless you've gone through something like this you have no clue the panic and concern. Why don' you "get a grip" and pull your head out!
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The child was found 5 blocks from his house in the pouring rain.
No one has mentioned lawsuit.
She called, drove around & called over & over again.
The school system in it's entireity is responsible for this child during this time frame, including making sure he/she arrives at their "correct destination".....if the bus driver is unable to preform his/her duties & responsibilities they were hired for, then they need to hire another driver or see about getting an assiatant or volunteer to ride with them until they know the routes, stops, kids names & faces. These children are our precious future, shouldn't we do everything we can to take care of them the right way?
So, do we hear you volunteering to ride the bus? Or maybe you might suggest that the Mother ride the bus? The bus driver is NOT responsible -- this poor child got confused, or is not old enough to ride the bus. Since when does everything have to be hot news. I bet this not the 1st time this has happened nor will it be the last but we do have a mother here who was so distraught she didn't go looking for him. I would have been frantic, running all over the place.

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Ok. My four year old son can tell you exactly where we live. We had to be out in the storm in our vehicle and as we passed the street that we live on my son said "Mommy you are passing our house!" So don't try that about the storm distorted his view. And mom, why if he was only 5 blocks away could you not find him inside an hours time? Yes I understand that the weather was horrible, but still. Transporting children to and from school is not a right. The school districts do not HAVE to provide transportation. When I was in elementary school I walked to and from school every day. I never had a problem finding my way home or taking a wrong turn. Stop blaming the school system. Stop blaming the bus driver. Take some of the blame on yourself.
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OMG....seriously My son feel asleep on the bus once, it was really simple to call the bus barn and contact the bus driver but of course I did this right after the fact, I didnt wait 2 hours of him missing. Lady, take your kid to school, Or get a JOB DRIVING THE BUS lets just see how well you do....or home school your son and you can take the responsiblity for him 24/7...Sounds to me like you are just looking for trouble, dont make it worse for your child in the future....
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i drove a bus for 7 years it is not easy to drive watch roads and keep track of 56(middle to highschool kids 2 per seat)to 84(elem. 3 to a seat) and know where they all get off the bus in 4 days... this was not the drivers fault you can only do so much in that short of time learning the kids and your kids change all the time and a sub driver surely has no clue on which kids get off the bus and where they do good just figuresing out the stops and make them on time schools do not have to provide transpertaion to and from when will parents out there learn this you get 56 to 84 kids to sit still while driveing good luck with that one....
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I have a 5 year old and if that happened to him that bus driver would be getting fired. The bus driver new or not needs to know what is going on whether it be a list with each childs name on it and what bus stop they are supposed to get off of or whatever. I know my 5 year old was devastated when he couldn't find his bus at the school to get on it because the bus driver had changed parking spots. I feel sorry for this little boy and his mom!
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Obviously, I'm glad to know the child is ok, but there's really no one person/place to blame for this...This was an unfortunate situation that thankfully turned out ok but the school isn't specifically to blame, anymore so than the parent should be to blame. If the parent is so worried about the weather conditions, go pick him up, instead of sitting at home waiting for someone else to bring him to you. People/some parents want to immediately point fingers at the schools and blame others for their own parental responsibility...
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Unfortunate event, but not the driver's fault. Quite whining lady. The kid is OK.

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So, do we hear you volunteering to ride the bus? Or maybe you might suggest that the Mother ride the bus? The bus driver is NOT responsible -- this poor child got confused, or is not old enough to ride the bus. Since when does everything have to be hot news. I bet this not the 1st time this has happened nor will it be the last but we do have a mother here who was so distraught she didn't go looking for him. I would have been frantic, running all over the place.
If the driver is not responsible, then what is their responsibility?
The mother DID drive, call & walk around, doing what she could to try & find her son.
Whether 1st time or 100th time, does not make it "OK".....
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wandadavis wrote:
when my grandchildren were riding the bus at Prue schools they had a tag they wore on thier wrist that let them know which bus to take, maybe something like that could be done for the young children except put their stop on the tag...just a thought
it wasnt the wrong bus just the wrong stop.
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when my kids were 5 they knew where they lived and knew what bus stop to get off of. we practiced it before school started. maybe it is the moms fault for not showing the kid what stop to get off. and maybe the kid got of the stop with a friend.
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Stuff happens, you don't like it get your fat lazy ass off the couch from watching Oprah and pick your kid up from school yourself.
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Why are 5 yr olds riding the bus? If you are not old enough to know your stops, then maybe the younger ones should not ride. It would be easy for a older child to "forget" or become "confused", much less someone so young. I am NOT blaming the 'lil boy, maybe the rules need to be changed.
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A similar thing happened to my then-6-yr-old as he was coming home from Emerson Elementary in Tulsa. Both he and the bus driver failed to recognize our stop, even though I was standing at the stop waiting for him. Naturally, I went ballistic with terror for my little guy; I had no cellphone, and also had my 3-yr-old with me. Fortunately, a friendly police officer saw my extreme distress, and stopped to inquire what the problem was. We tracked the bus back to the barn, and retrieved my son, but it could have been a lot worse. Thanks again, officer Dennis Smith, wherever you may be. My point is, that no one was solely at fault here, and that blaming does not help rectify the situation. A tag system, such as a previous poster suggested, would go a long way towards preventing such occurrences in future; at least for the first couple weeks of school, and during inclement weather.

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It's my understanding, the bus stop is considered school property until after a certain time. Back in school, there was a fight at one of the stops on my bus and they did get into trouble as if it were actually on school grounds. Not sure if this rule has changed since, but I know for at least a time it was considered school property. So, if this is still true, then the school is responsible for your child until they arrive on their front door step.

That being said, I have a five year old kid and it terrifies me thinking something like this could happen to him. He's got some minor disabilites that would require someone showing him the right stop for a while until he caught on. Most schools, I've noticed, have little tags on the kids that say what bus number, their address and an emergency contact attached to them for a week or so until the routine is memorized better. But, if this is a sub, then how are they supposed to remember who gets off where in the course of a day?

If you have a better solution, then go for it. If you think they need an assistant, go volunteer, the schools always needs volunteers for something. Call the bus barn and see where your services can be best used. Beware, they will do a background check if you're going to become a regular. I volunteer at the school a lot, they always need extra bodies in the lunch room or during recess, or just helping out in the classroom.
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Sep 23, 2009
 
Why don't she just go to the school and pick him up and this all would be solved.

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